Ultimate ‘Gun-Free’ Zone: Buffalo Wild Wings Refuses to Serve Cops for Carrying Guns

by S.H. Blannelberry,  |  published on March 31, 2013

Everyone’s slamming a Buffalo Wild Wings franchise in Manassas, Virginia, for refusing to serve eight Prince William County police officers who were openly carrying their firearms in the restaurant.

A Prince William County resident named Daryl LaClair was so outraged he wrote a letter to the executives of BW3 at their headquarters in Minnesota complaining about the incident. He also started a public awareness campaign to spread word of the company’s alleged mistreatment of law enforcement.

“For this to have happened at all is just absurd,” the LaClair told the Manassas Park Patch in an e-mail last week.

When the store manager got wind of the story, that one of his employees refused to serve eight cops, who were on duty but wearing civilian clothes, he quickly issued an apology, saying the whole thing was a “huge misunderstanding.”

“… There is no reason why those officers should have been asked to leave … police officers are always welcome in my establishment and even though we do have a no gun policy, as a company that excludes off duty police officer,” General Manager Scott Lupton wrote in an email to the police department.

“As a company we are community oriented. We appreciate everything that police officers do for us.”

With all due respect to Mr. LaClair and Mr. Lupton, I disagree. I think the employee’s decision to ask the police officers to vacate the restaurant was precisely the right thing to do.

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